Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

How Long Do Air Conditioners Last in Texas?

Monday, November 13th, 2023

Fall is the perfect time of year to evaluate how your air conditioner handled the past summer. If things didn’t go as well as you would like, you’ve got plenty of time to address the situation before the weather heats up again next spring. 

Is your air conditioner struggling? Is it perhaps getting a little old? In Texas, air conditioners really have their work cut out for them. How long can you expect your AC unit to last? Here’s what you should know. 

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Not Changing Your Air Filter Can Lead to These AC Repairs

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Annual AC maintenance is critical to keeping your air conditioner running effectively and efficiently, with as few repairs as possible, for as long as possible. But service from a professional once a year is not the only support your air conditioner needs. Your air conditioner has an air filter, and it needs to be changed often. If you don’t do that, it can result in major problems and expensive repairs. 

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Why Short Cycling Can Destroy Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 7th, 2023

Your air conditioner operates on a cycle. When the thermostat indicates that the temperature in your home has gotten a little too high, the compressor comes on to circulate refrigerant through the system and provide cooling.

When the temperature drops enough, the compressor shuts down and waits until the next signal to start up. This cycle should begin about every fifteen minutes or so.

But sometimes an air conditioner begins starting and stopping much more frequently. This is called short cycling, and it’s a big warning sign. Here’s why.

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How to Shut Off Your Air Conditioner When the Thermostat Won’t

Monday, July 24th, 2023

Your central air conditioner is pretty self-sufficient. The thermostat sends information about the temperature in your home, and the compressor starts up a cooling cycle whenever the temperature gets a bit too high.

Once the temperature drops again, the compressor shuts down all by itself. You don’t need to do anything manually or make frequent adjustments. It can be easy to forget about it entirely as long as it’s working properly. But as we all know, things don’t always work properly.

What if your air conditioner won’t stop running? Did the thermostat fail to send the message to shut it down? What can you do about it? We’ve got the answers.

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AC Blowing Warm Air? It Could Be This Little Sensor

Monday, July 10th, 2023

There’s not much that’s more obnoxious in Texas in July than an air conditioner that only blows warm air! It may seem like the whole AC system has totally failed. Will you have to get a new one? If this one can be saved, will it be a major repair? Don’t get too worried just yet! Sometimes when an AC unit blows warm air, the problem is actually quite small and easy to fix. Here’s what you should know.

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Can Your Thermostat Make Your Air Conditioner Short Cycle?

Monday, June 12th, 2023

One particularly troublesome issue that can plague air conditioners is short cycling. This is when the cooling cycle, which should only begin every fifteen minutes or so, is cut short, only to begin again moments later. It’s a sign that a problem already exists, and it is a potential cause of even more problems. What causes an air conditioner to do this? Can a thermostat cause short cycling? We’ve got the details for you on how it happens and what to do about it.

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Uncommon AC Repairs You Should Look Out For

Monday, May 15th, 2023

It’s easy to find suggestions about how to spot common AC issues. A rattling sound? Might be the fan. Ice on your evaporator coils? You could be looking at a refrigerant leak. But what if your air conditioner has an unusual problem? Here are a few AC concerns that we see much more rarely. But we’re certainly ready to be of service if they happen to you.

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This Is What the Condenser in Your Air Conditioner Does

Monday, May 1st, 2023

The indoor portion of your air conditioner is the part you interact with on a daily basis. It’s understandable that you wouldn’t think about the outdoor unit, also called the condenser, as much. But leaving it neglected can cause you some major problems.

What should you know about your AC unit’s condenser? How can you make sure it functions well?

What happens if it doesn’t? We’ve got all the information you need to better understand your air conditioning in San Antonio.

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What’s the Best Type of AC Unit for Texas Weather?

Monday, April 17th, 2023

If there’s one thing we can say with certainty about air conditioners in Texas, it’s that they have a big job to do. We need them to work very effectively through a long, hot summer season.

If you’re looking for a new air conditioner, either for a new home or because your old unit is no longer keeping up with your needs or has failed entirely, you know there are a lot of options.

How can you choose an air conditioner that’s going to get the job done right, no matter how long or hot the summer is? We’ve got some information to help you decide.

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Texas Heat Is on the Way! Is Your AC System Ready?

Monday, April 3rd, 2023

Springtime is gorgeous in Texas. We hope you’re enjoying it, but don’t forget that it means summer is just around the corner. Don’t forget to get prepared for the heat. And what should be at the top of your to-do list? Scheduling AC maintenance, of course!

Being diligent about getting your air conditioner a yearly tune-up before the start of the cooling season can save you a considerable amount, both financially and in terms of hassle and wasted time. Here are some of the reasons why AC maintenance is the most important thing you can do to ensure your comfort throughout the summer. 

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